Ericka Anderson Wodka, Ph.D., ABPP-CN

Dr. Erica Wodka
Ericka Wodka
Neuropsychologist, Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD)

Kennedy Krieger Institute
3901 Greenspring Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21211
Phone: (443) 923-7630
Fax: (443) 923-7560

Dr. Ericka Wodka is a pediatric neuropsychologist in the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) and the Department of Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. She is also an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Biographical Sketch:

Dr. Wodka graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2001 with a B.S. in Neurobiology and Physiology.  She then continued her education at Drexel University, in Philadelphia, PA earning a M.S. in 2003 and Ph.D. in 2006, both in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in clinical neuropsychology.  Dr. Wodka completed her clinical internship at the Mailman Center for Child Development and University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, FL and then completed her postdoctoral residency in Pediatric Neuropsychology at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She joined Kennedy Krieger as a pediatric neuropsychologist and licensed psychologist in 2008. Dr. Wodka is active in the mentoring programs at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, and participates in the neuropsychological training of externs, pre-doctoral interns, and post-doctoral residents; she is the supervising neuropsychologist at CARD.

Research Summary:

Dr. Wodka’s broad research interest includes examining cognitive and behavioral aspects of neurodevelopmental disorders, specifically related to brain behavior relationships involving attention and language. Her focus primarily includes children with Autism and ADHD. Previous projects have examined language outcomes for severely language-delayed children with autism.  Dr. Wodka is currently collaborating with researchers at Kennedy Krieger on projects examining cognitive and neuroanatomical aspects of motor and sensory difficulties observed in children with autism, and their relation to attention and habituation. She is also involved in projects examining the cognitive and behavioral overlap between autism, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and anxiety disorder.

Research Publications: 

Wodka E.L., Mathy P. and Kalb L. (2013). Predictors of phrase and fluent speech in children with autism and severe language delay. Pediatrics, 131(4), 1128-1134.

Puts N.A.J., Edden R. A.E., Wodka E.L., Mostofsky S.H. and Tommerdahl M. (2013). A vibrotactile behavioral battery for investigating somatosensory processing in children and adults. Journal of Neuroscience Methods. doi: 0.1016/j.jneumeth.2013.04.012

Mazurek M., Kanne S., Wodka E.L. (2013). Physical aggression in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 7, 455-465.

Zayat M., Kalb L., Wodka E.L. (2011). Brief report: performance pattern differences between children with autism spectrum disorders and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder on measures of verbal intelligence. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41(12), 1743-1747.

Mahone E.M. and Wodka E.L. (2008). The neurobiological profile of girls with ADHD. Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews, 14, 276-284.

Wodka E.L., Mahone E.M., Blankner J.G., Gidley Larson J.C., Fotedar, S. and Mostofsky S. (2007). Evidence that Response Inhibition is a Primary Deficit in ADHD. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 29 (4), 345-356.